Mathematics (Further) A Level at St John's Marlborough
Must be chosen with Maths
Further Maths is an A Level taken on top of A level Maths and takes topics covered in that qualification further, as well as introducing entirely new concepts.
The students will study four units. The first is a Further Pure Maths unit, introducing Matrices and Complex Numbers. There is a second compulsory Further Pure Maths unit that adds to this and introduces hyperbolic functions and other new concepts. On top of these there are two Option Units, taken from Further Pure, Further Statistics, Further Mechanics or Decision Maths. There are two units of each option.
A Grade 7 in GCSE Maths is the minimum requirement to study Further Maths. It is recommended that students should have studied level 2 Further Maths during year 11 as well.
Students are also expected to complete some preparation work over the summer holidays and are to be able to demonstrate sound GCSE algebra skills in the first few weeks of the course. But, perhaps more importantly, you need to have a real interest in maths and in solving mathematical/logical problems.
You should probably have been in a top set and would need to have discussed this option with your teacher before applying for the course.
Each unit has a 1.5 hour exam worth 75 marks.
If you are thinking about studying mathematics at university then this is an extremely useful course to take. It is also true to say that many university courses that require an A level in Maths, e.g. Engineering, will cover the Further Maths content during the first year, so doing this course will give you a huge advantage over those who have not.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.